The event will serve as a qualifying event to lock-in the top two starting spots for both divisions for the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic, which runs at Peterborough from October 11-13.
With local drivers having already had the chance to secure starting positions for the Classic, OSCAAR drivers will receive the same opportunity this weekend. The top two finishers in Saturday’s events will sit on the front row for one of Ontario’s most prestigious races come Thanksgiving weekend.
This weekend marks the first time the Super Late Models have competed at Peterborough under the Chase format. Last year, three different drivers earned wins at Peterborough including Gary Passer (No.13), Charlie Gallant (No.40P), and Brandon Watson (No.9).
Passer won a rain shortened race last August for his second career win, while Gallant earned his first ever OSCAAR feature win on Labour Day weekend in 2012. Brandon Watson capped off his championship season with a win at the Autumn Colours Classic last October.
Along with last year’s winners, the cast of tour regulars will be in tough to finish in the top-pair. A high car count of Super Late Model teams is expected for Canada’s Toughest 1/3-mile oval Saturday night as drivers search for all important starting positions for the year-end finale and one of the most competitive races of the year.
The OSCAAR Modifieds competed as part of the Chase last July with Gary McLean (No.8) winning one of his eight features to guarantee his spot on the front row for the Classic. McLean battled Justin Demelo (No.82) all afternoon long at the front of the field as the two drivers earned their spots at the front of the field.
McLean would take his pole starting spot all the way to victory lane at Autumn Colours to end his championship season as part of the tour’s inaugural campaign. Brian McLean (No.47) also won at Peterborough in 2012.
The Modifieds will compete twice at Peterborough this season (Aug. 3 and Oct. 11-13), while the Super Late Models will make three trips (Aug. 3, Aug.24, and Oct. 11-13).
In addition to both OSCAAR tours, Peterborough Speedway’s Battlefield Equipment Four Funs, Peterborough Hyundai Mini stocks, and Parry Springs Renegade Trucks will also be in action.
Saturday’s event will also feature a pre-race corn roast for fans and drivers. Racing gets underway at 6:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:00pm. Pit gates will open at 2:00pm for all competitors.